Republican consultant Alex Castellanos said in a new interview that former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who dramatically broke with former President Trump last week, has the best shot at the 2024 GOP presidential nomination.
“I think Nikki Haley is the front-runner and it’s going to be very hard to stop her,” Castellanos told OZY co-founder and CEO Carlos Watson. “I think she’s underestimated.”
In a clip from “The Carlos Watson Show” provided exclusively to The Hill, Castellanos went on to say that “politicians in Washington” dismiss the former South Carolina governor as “not really a heavyweight candidate” but that “she’s the real deal” and “the horse to beat.”
“We need to acknowledge he let us down,” Haley said. “He went down a path he shouldn’t have, and we shouldn’t have followed him, and we shouldn’t have listened to him. And we can’t let that ever happen again.”
Asked who might be the runner-up for the 2024 Republican nomination, Castellanos, a CNN contributor, said he “wouldn’t rule Tucker Carlson out.”
Asked for comment, a spokesperson for Fox News pointed to remarks the prime-time host made in August when he said he is “certainly not planning anything” and has multiple years left on his contract.
“I’ll just say that I haven’t received any call from Republican HQ,” Carlson told Variety….